Strong first steps with MHS

Practicum and internship opportunities for graduate students

MHS is an inclusive and dynamic environment for expanding your thinking, developing your skills and participating in the art of applying evidence-based practices. Interested graduate students in social work, counseling psychology and clinical psychology please apply.

We’re a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). And, our Doctoral Internship Program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Your professional development is our passion, just as it has been for the hundreds of careers we’ve been a part of launching.

Learn more about learning more

MHS provides practicum and internship opportunities for graduate students in social work, counseling psychology, and clinical psychology. In addition, MHS is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) to provide doctoral internships to students from around the country. MHS’s Doctoral Internship Program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Social Work / Psychology Practicum

MHS has been an active training site in the Twin Cities since 2002. We have an annual fall cohort of approximately 12 students. MHS works closely with academic programs to provide training to students in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work.

The training year starts the week before Labor Day and lasts 9 months. Students are on site a minimum of 20-25 hours per week. Students will be on site Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Students can be placed in any of our four locations – Edina, Woodbury, Plymouth, and Roseville. Students may need to be on site additional days to accommodate schedules, training needs, or interests.

A training experience at MHS includes:

  • In-depth training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Co-facilitation and independent facilitation of a DBT group
  • Provision of individual therapy
  • Committed clinical supervisors who value students, supervision, and the supervision process
  • Multidisciplinary team case consultation meetings
  • Staff trainings on a variety of topics within the mental health field. Examples include suicidality and safety planning, ethics, business and insurance, theoretical orientation, electronic health records and record keeping
  • Opportunities to attend MHS sponsored trainings off site

Interested in more information?

Any questions regarding the training opportunities can be directed to the Training Director, Dr. Morgan Schwartz at mschwartz@mhs-dbt.com or 952-460-9018.

Doctoral Internship Program

Mental Health Systems (MHS) offers a unique opportunity to train in a community mental health setting. Many of MHS’s clients are considered by the State of Minnesota to be seriously and persistently mentally ill (SPMI). SPMI diagnoses include Major Depression, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Schizophrenia.

Other common diagnoses seen include, but are not limited to, PTSD, substance use disorders, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. Training at MHS focuses on implementation of evidence-based practices to provide exemplary care to a challenging population with a high degree of comorbidity.

Interested in more information?

Click to learn more about the Doctoral Internship Program at MHS.